METAIRIE – Aaron Brooks tossed six strong innings, and Chesny Young had three hits to lead the Iowa Cubs to a 7-1 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Friday night.
The I-Cubs earned a split of the four-game set and prevented the Baby Cakes from earning their first series victory of the season.
Brooks (3-2) entered the game with a 6.84 ERA through his first five starts, but worked quickly after being staked to an early lead. The right-hander struck out four without issuing a walk, and was only nicked by a Brandon Barnes solo homer in the fourth inning.
New Orleans starter Scott Copeland (2-3) struggled to get through three innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four walks. He walked Young with one out in the first inning, and after a single by Jeimer Candelario put runners on the corners, Taylor Davis roped an RBI single to put the Cubs in front.
Iowa’s lead grew to 3-0 in the third when Mark Zagunis delivered an RBI single, and Copeland issued a bases-loaded walk to Bijan Rademacher.
Davis tacked on a sacrifice fly an inning later against reliever Brandon Cunniff, before the home run by Barnes in the bottom half brought the ‘Cakes back within 4-1.
The Cubs put the game out of reach on Young’s run-scoring double in the eighth off Greg Nappo, followed by a Todd Glaesmann two-run homer in the ninth against Hunter Cervenka.
New Orleans pitchers combined to walk a season-high nine batters, while the ‘Cakes did not draw a free pass and put a runner in scoring position only twice.
The Baby Cakes embark on an eight-game, nine-day road trip beginning Saturday in Tacoma. First pitch is slated for 8:05 p.m. Central.